Garfield County hires deputy county manager |

Garfield County hires deputy county manager

A new deputy county manager will begin serving Garfield County on April 25.

Kevin Batchelder, who has 24 years of experience in public administration including 18 years as chief administrator for municipalities, has accepted the position and will relocate to Glenwood Springs from Silverthorne.

Batchelder worked as the town manager for Silverthorne for the past 14 years. Before that he worked as city administrator, interim city administrator and administrative assistant for about 11 years for the city of Mendota Heights, Minn., in the St. Paul metropolitan area. He has also worked as a legislative aide for the House of Representatives, Colorado General Assembly.

Batchelder holds a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado State University. He holds the “Credentialed Manager” certification from the International City/County Management Association.

“Kevin will make a strong team stronger,” said Garfield County Manager Andrew Gorgey.

Batchelder has focused his career in public service in budgeting, capital improvement planning, asset management, and revenue diversification/economic development.

“My family and I are excited about the opportunity to relocate to Garfield County,” said Batchelder.

Batchelder’s hobbies include fly-fishing, skiing, hiking, biking and camping. He was a member of Summit County Rotary for 11 years and has been active in youth sports. He and his wife Karin have two sons, Kyle, 18, and Tim, 16.

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